What is Copyright

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You should only copy or use a work protected by copyright with the copyright owner’s permission. Copyright applies to any medium. This means that you must not reproduce copyright protected work in another medium without permission. This includes, publishing photographs on the internet, making a sound recording of a book, a painting of a photograph and so on.

A protected work can have more than one copyright, or another intellectual property (IP) right, connected to it. For example, an album of music can have separate copyrights for individual songs, sound recordings, artwork, and so on. Whilst copyright can protect the artwork of your logo, you could also register the logo as a trade mark.

  • Dramatic works, including dance or mime
  • Musical works
  • Recordings of a work, including sound and film
  • Broadcasts of a work
  • Layouts or typographical arrangements used to publish a work, for a book for instance
  • Artistic works, including paintings, engravings, photographs, sculptures, collages, architecture, technical drawings, diagrams, maps and logos
  • Literary works, including novels, instruction manuals, computer programs, song lyrics, newspaper articles and some types of database

Provides services include:

  • Claim as an ownership of copyright or filing copyright in other countries.
  • Determining the applicability of copyright protection.
  • Licensing.
  • Enforcing copyrights against infringement.
  • Defending clients against infringement charges by others, as well as representing clients in disputes resolution through either legal proceedings or negotiations.

Copyright allows you to protect your original material and stops others from using your work without your permission. The existence of copyright may be enough on its own to stop others from trying to exploit your material. If it does not, it gives you the right to take legal action to stop them exploiting your copyright, and to claim damages.

By understanding and using your copyright and related rights protection, you can:

  • License your copyright for use by others but retain the ownership.
  • Sell the copyright but retain the moral rights.
  • Object if your work is distorted or mutilated.